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9 December, 2003

Stuff From Spot

Spot is Scott Draves. Check out his photos.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Supporting The RIAA

From Evil Genius Chronicles: RIAA, Radio and Hurting Your Customers.

Shortly after 9/11, we began seeing those anti-drug PSAs for which the message was "Drug money funds terrorism." While I'm not using the all-purpose terror rhetoric to label the RIAA, it's time to apply the same type of thinking to them. When you buy major label music, what does your money fund? In part, it pays the lawyers for these ongoing lawsuits against file traders, the same ones that recently included a septuagenarian that doesn't own a computer.

(via Doc Searls Weblog)

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Bloomers For All Occasions

The holiday gift ideas just keep on coming. How about some custom hand-made quality bloomers?

The old Renaissance Cotton & Linen Bloomers are back in style and women and men, young and old, are wearing bloomers as a fashion statement or simply to lounge around in like a pair of pajamas or sweat pants.

Shown here are "ankle bloomers."

Ankle Bloomers are a modest way to cover ones' legs. They come just above the ankles and have lace gathered with 1/4-inch elastic at the bottom. This keeps you warm in cool weather. The bottom hem is decorated with lace. For Fall and Winter wear, these are best made in Flannel to trap your body heat.

(via Love and the Happy Cynic)

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Tissue Kups

Sometimes you have to wonder how people come up with product ideas. For example, who would ever think of inventing TissueKups?

No more losing the tissue box in the car, no more searching for it under the seats, no more finding it crushed, dirty and stepped on. With TissueKups, just place the cup in the vehicle's cupholder.

Pop-up tissues are now not only conveniently available, but safer to use while driving (no more searching under the seat while trying to steer!). TissueKups includes 50 2-ply tissues.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Tech Gifts

From TechTV: TechTV's Top 20 Gifts.

Nothing on the list much appeals to me, but if I had to pick one, I'd take #7.

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Celebrity Personal Ads

Fake celebrity personal ads. For example, here's Michael Jackson's ad:

My ferris wheel is closed cause I'm out on $3 million bail, but let me tell about 'me': I like make-a-wish foundation kids, terminally ill kids, and chimps. I know, I know, its slim pickins but this is the Internet and I have faith. Send email with photo.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Have You Ever Wondered...

Have you ever wondered if the library were like Amazon.com?

Posted on 9 December, 2003

The Mushroom House

I'd really like to see The Mushroom House -- and maybe even live in it.

The Mushroom House, located in Whistler, Canada was first devised in the late 1970s. Zube, the artist/creator, has spent 22 years developing, creating and re-creating this haven and work of art.

The interior design is based on the anatomy of a tree. All aspects of the d�cor reflect this motif, from the womblike hues of the Jacuzzi room in the 'roots' to the vivid leaf greens on the walls in the 'canopy'.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Can Spam?

From Wired: Congress Votes to Can Spam.

Congress on Monday approved the first national effort to stem the flood of unwanted e-mail pitches offering prescription drugs, cheap loans and other come-ons. President Bush has indicated he intends to sign the measure into law.

Will it work? Not a chance.

Spam will continue to increase, but perhaps some will be a bit more "honest" about it. And many would-be spammers will now join the crowd because they now have some clear-cut government-sanctioned guidelines.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Abandonment In St.Louis

Ecology of Absence -- the biocultural geography of abandonment in St. Louis.

Good photos, but somewhat disturbing. I grew up in St. Louis, so some of these locations are familiar to me. Shown here is the Armour packing plant in East St. Louis.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Belch

Belch.com is devoted to belching and burping. Yeah, it's a bit juvenile.

From the FAQ:

My kids are driving me crazy with your website. What can I do?

Be thankful that they are inside of the house instead of running around with BB guns shooting out street lights or hanging around outside of the local drugstore like I used to do when I was a child before the invention of the WWW. At least they are using computer skills that might be helpful to them when they grow up. If they really begin to annoy you, password protect your CMOS on your computer so they can't even turn the thing on.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Collectibles

The Pomexport site has lots of interesting things to look at.

Pomexport provides the world's largest inventory of wholesale collectibles that go beyond coins, stamps, and paper money to include historical stocks & bonds, odd & curious monies, fossils, documents & newspapers, telephone cards, jewelry, pins, buttons, tokens, medals, etc. from more than 275 different countries.

For example, in 1996 there was a regime change in Zaire. The new government did not have time to print new money, and they wanted to extinguish all references to the former dictator. So they simply cut the face out of the banknotes.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Wood-Fired Hot Tubs

The Snorkel Stove Company makes hot tubs that are heated by wood.

The Snorkel Stove Wood-Fired Hot Tubs were originally created to provide the luxury of hot tubbing in remote Alaskan areas without electricity. The resulting design, with the stove submerged in the tub, was simple and practical, eliminating the cost and power dependency of conventional systems.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

10 Things

From BBC News: 10 things that make no sense. For example:

Marks and Spencer for a label on a roast chicken salad: "Now with roast chicken"

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Gluttonous Trees

Interesting tree photos at Gluttonous Trees.

Careful observations of trees maturing near obstacles lead me to a refreshing concept in sculpture. While growing, a tree can swallow most objects, thus warping the trunk in a stunning manner, harmlessly.

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Jail Art

Art-based community service: Art Behind Bars.

ART BEHIND BARS was started in June, 1994 by Lynne Vantriglia. An artist herself, Lynne has always believed that everyone has some creative vein within themselves that can be tapped, for the joy of creativity as well as for art's therapeutic value. With that in mind, she began an art program for women in the Monroe County Detention Center. The 2-hour art sessions are only for inmates with good conduct.

The example shown here is called "A Study In Human Processes," by Bernard Patrick. It was done with pen, marker, and crayon on a brown paper bag. This 5x7 piece is $150

Posted on 9 December, 2003

Installing A Pool

Yesterday, there was quite a bit of excitement in the hood. One of my neighbors is putting in a pool. It's a large fiberglass pre-formed pool, and it took a crane to lift it over the house and into the back yard. That's the most excitement we've had since the hillside caught on fire about 10 years ago.

I snapped a few photos of the event (click for a larger view).

Posted on 9 December, 2003

The Dullest Blog

I used to have a lot of respect for the guy who does The Dullest Blog In The World. But lately, it's very disappointing. He seems to have lost his creativity. The entries are just plain dull -- no longer funny. And you'd think he could put just a bit more effort into it. A few sentences per week just doesn't cut it.

Posted on 9 December, 2003